Bedlah, Baubles and Beads, DIY belly dance costuming book by Dawn Devine aka Davina

Bedlah, Baubles and Beads, DIY belly dance costuming book by Dawn Devine aka Davina



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Bedlah, Baubles and Beads
by Dawn Devine ~ Davina

"Bedlah, Baubles, and Beads" is a book about designing and crafting the elaborate bra and belt sets worn by contemporary belly dancers. Also known as "dance oriental" and "raks sharki," belly dancing has numerous sub-styles that are defined not only by their movement vocabulary, but also by their distinctive costuming.

The first part of the book provides a conceptual framework by starting with a history of this costuming style and its origins here in the United States. From there, it concentrates on introducing the reader to design principles, methods, and techniques for developing figure-flattering styles.

The second part presents the materials, tools, and processes for putting together an elaborately decorated bra and belt set. Step-by-step illustrations for applying beads, a fabric shopping guide, and directions for constructing the bra and belt bases are all illustrated with descriptive diagrams to aid the reader. Finally, the book finishes with a portfolio of styles and ideas for expanding the performance wardrobe. From skirts to accessories, these chapters introduce the essential garments that transform the bra and belt into a complete costume.

Detailed topics include:
• Step-by-step illustrations of beading techniques, including back stitch, couching, tambour beading, scatter beading, and more.
• Directions for making high-quality bedlah, from concept to finished costume.
• Techniques for developing beading patterns using clip art sources and transforming images into dynamic designs.
• Fitting and covering bras and belts. An extensive bibliography is included.


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5 out of 5 stars

allinrep May 26, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I've been thinking of getting Davina's books for years, and now that I finally purchased these I can happily say that I'd recommend these to bellydancers of all styles! So much inspiration! The books are well planned and you can tell that a lot of work and love was put into them. Shipping took a little longer than expected but this was due to an unforeseen problem with the shipping company, and once I contacted Davina she provided me with some top quality service in getting it sorted out.

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suzana reisch Feb 28, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you ; I like the books very much;) there is many inspiration...

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Elizabeth Jul 20, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for this amazing book! I am so happy with the service I received and for this incredible belly dance resource! Dawn is so lovely and took the time to answer all of my questions about the book and included a personal note inside the cover! I have immediately started reading this book and can't put it down! It is filled with great tips, advice, planning strategies, and all kinds of practical applications. It will definitely make any dancer feel connected to the bellydance sisterhood and will help her to progress along her journey. It is a definite "must" for the serious belly dancer's study collection to take this beautiful art to the next level. Thank you to the authors for this wonderful resource! I will be buying more books! :)

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Reviewed by Inactive Mar 13, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

I received my book in the mail just yesterday, and I am half-way through my (first) reading! It is just packed full of information, and fascinating! I am devouring the historical parts in the beginning, and learning so many new things about this beautiful, mysterious fabric! This book is so readable and engaging--never dry, and I have not even gotten to the "Inspiration Gallery" of photos to drool over. Thank you, Dawn, for this gift to us. All your years of hard work and research gives such a rich dimension to this beloved textile. Now when I see it, I will not just see its obvious beauty, but will know so much more! Awesome, awesome, awesome!

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